This news is shocking. A national survey given to high school juniors and seniors by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) found that 90 percent of teens believe their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night. Almost 80 percent say the same is true for graduation night as well.
"Newspapers, television, YouTube and Facebook are rife with tales of tragedy from reckless driving on prom and graduation nights, yet an 'it won't happen to me' attitude continues to be so pervasive among our teens," says Dave Melton, a driving safety expert with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.
The numbers surrounding prom and graduation night fatalities are frightening. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports 1,009 total teen fatalities -- alcohol and non-alcohol-related – from car crashes during April, May, and June in 2008.
What can be done to prevent these tragedies from happening in 2010?
Besides the obvious – don't drink and drive or take the keys away from someone planning to – talking to your parents is also a good idea. Teens who regularly discuss driving safety with their mom or dad are less likely to drink and drive and are more likely to wear their seat belts. Make a pact that if you're ever put into a situation where alcohol and driving is involved, someone will always come to pick you up. Also, if you're the driver, don't look at your texts or fill your car with friends whose conversations could obviously distract you.
Stay safe by making smart decisions!